How to Improve Emergency Preparedness for Pandemics

In the early stage of the COVID-19 pandemic, hospitals in New York City struggled mightily to cope with an epic surge of coronavirus patients. Across the country, the pandemic has strained supply chains for critically important materials and equipment such as personal protective equipment and ventilators.

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Test Sites Quickly Attract Thousands for COVID-19 Vaccine Study

During the next two months, vaccine makers hope to recruit 60,000 Americans to roll up their sleeves to test the two vaccines, one made by Pfizer and BioNTech, a German company, and the other by biotech startup Moderna. While small tests earlier this year showed the preventives were safe and led to participants developing antibodies against the virus, the final phase 3 testing is designed to prove whether the vaccine reduces the risk of infection.

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Healthcare Workers of Color Nearly Twice as Likely as Whites to Get COVID-19

The study findings follow other research showing that minority healthcare workers are likely to care for minority patients in their own communities, often in facilities with fewer resources. Those workers may also see a higher share of sick patients, as federal data shows minority patients were disproportionately testing positive and being hospitalized with the virus, said Dr. Utibe Essien, a physician and core investigator for the Center for Health Equity Research and Promotion in the VA Pittsburgh Healthcare System.

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Game Planning Your Return to Elective Surgeries

According to the Medical Group Management Association, 97% of medical group practices have experienced a negative financial impact directly or indirectly related to COVID-19. On average, these practices report a 55% decrease in revenue and a 60% decrease in patient volume since the start of the COVID-19 public health emergency.

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A Winning Strategy to Improve Hand Hygiene

By: Megan J. DiGiorgio & Lori Moore With all of the emphasis on hand hygiene and HAI reduction, it would seem that healthcare workers (HCW) would know how and when they should perform hand hygiene. But, this assumption couldn’t be farther from the truth. HCWs can probably list a few or most of the indications … Continued

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Road to Recovery

During Phase 1 of recovery, provider organizations will focus on the following broad areas to begin to revive their revenue streams: elective procedures and surgeries, diagnostic imaging, oncology, population health, ambulatory care, and telemedicine.

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